Join us in this amazing neighborhood in the woods for one of our favorite events of the year: the Willowsford Tenderfoot adventure race. Why is it our favorite? Because nothing is better than seeing that exhausted but accomplished and extremely proud expression on participants as they race with their team (their mom or dad, big brother or little sister, best friends, girlfriend, old college buddies...), and especially at the finish punch!
Because you gotta start somewhere we’ve created the Tenderfoot Adventure Race—an event for beginners and families to mountain bike, trek, strategize, navigate, perform challenges, and paddle by following a map with marked checkpoints. Basically, it's an all-terrain scavenger hunt with a handsome reward…great prizes, muddy legs, a sweaty body, and proud smiles like you may not have seen in a while. All teams will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible, and after you find that last checkpoint on the map, join us for delicious post-race food and the awards ceremony.
The morning of the race, we'll give you a map with checkpoints and a list of "Rules of Travel." This gives you clues to checkpoints and tells you how you'll get to them--by trekking, paddling, or mountain biking. Teams will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible. The highest point accumulation in the shortest amount of time will determine ranking. Once the teams have found all of the required checkpoints, they sprint back to cross the finish line.
We offer two Tenderfoot categories: Family and Adventure Class. The family team (with 2- or 3-person participants in a team) must have at least one member younger than age 16 and participates in a shorter, easier version of the Adventure Class course. (It's still an achievement for teams but not meltdown inducing.) The Adventure Class (soloist or 2- or 3-person teams) offers a longer, more challenging course with a lot of optional opportunities to really have an adventure and hone those navigation and trail skills. (Note: We have found that if the youngest team member is 13 or older, Adventure Class is a better choice, offering more of a challenge.)